You could come to Myrtos beach in Kefalonia just for the Instagram shot from the viewpoint. Near-vertical limestone cliffs surrounded by a forest of pine green and, stretching below you, an 800m semi-circular beach of white sand and pebbles and an iridescent blanket of blue. No wonder it routinely features amongst the best beaches of the Mediterranean, let alone Greece.
There’s a wild beauty here – and not just because of the 2km hairpin turn-filled dirt road you negotiate to reach it. You can spend a day just contemplating the majesty of surroundings chiselled away over centuries by the Ionian Sea or swimming out to admire the clifftop setting and all that fragrant greenery.
Beyond the serenity of the shimmering sea blues and greens, you can feel the immense power of nature everywhere. At one end, there’s a small cave with its own little beach. And if you are here in the evening, you’re in for a bonus. Facing west, Myrtos rewards you with magical sunsets.
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From Divarata village
- By car or taxi: 2.5km (7mins)
- By bus
- By car or taxi: 30km (45mins)
- By bus
- Myrtos Beach is worth visiting all year round, but the full experience comes between May-October when the water is at its most enjoyable for swimming.
- If you do visit in July-August, do so in the early morning or late afternoon when it’s cooler and quieter.
May-June and September-October are the best and quietest months to visit.
- A canteen operates during summer months and there are a limited number of umbrellas and sunbeds to hire.
- There are some tavernas at the top of the dirt road leading down to the beach and in Divarata.
- There is public parking by the beach.
- There are lifeguards on duty during the summer months.
- Make sure you have everything you need for a day in the sun: